About the film
Legion of the Lawless
Release Date: January 22, 1940
|Slogan||:||«MASKED TERROR FOLLOWS THE WESTWARD TRAIL OF THE IRON HORSE!»|
|Production Companies||:||RKO Radio Pictures|
|Writers||:||Berne Giler, Doris Schroeder|
George O'Brien's first 1940 western release, Legion of the Lawless uses its frontier trappings for a plea against vigilante justice-specifically, lynching. A group of masked night riders terrorize the homesteaders in the 19th century village of Iveston, all the while insisting that they're merely bringing law and order to the territory. Lawyer O'Brien thinks otherwise, and soon he's championing the cause of the beleaguered villagers.